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Joseph Lindon Smith papers

Creator:
Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950  Search this
Names:
Académie Julian  Search this
Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, Sir, 1836-1912  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Benson, Frank Weston, 1862-1951  Search this
Brush, George de Forest, 1855-1941  Search this
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868  Search this
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924  Search this
James, Henry, 1843-1916  Search this
Loring, Charles Greely, 1828-1902  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948  Search this
Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-  Search this
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Extent:
8.8 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Notebooks
Photographs
Prints
Interviews
Drafts (documents)
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Place:
Egypt, Antiquities
Egypt -- description and travel
Date:
1647-1965
bulk 1873-1965
Summary:
The papers of Boston and New Hampshire painter Joseph Lindon Smith date from 1647-1965, with the bulk of papers dating from 1873-1965, and measure 8.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from family members, artists, museums, and art patrons; seven diaries by Smith and two by his wife Corinna, personal business records, notes and writings, files concerning charitable theatrical productions, one sketchbook and other art work, a scrapbook, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings of radio interviews and a radio program on Smith.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Boston and New Hampshire painter Joseph Lindon Smith date from 1647-1965, with the bulk of papers dating from 1873-1965, and measure 8.8 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials; letters from family members, artists, museums, and art patrons; seven diaries by Smith and two by his wife Corinna, personal business records, notes and writings, files concerning charitable theatrical productions, one sketchbook and other art work, a scrapbook, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings of radio interviews and a radio program on Smith.

Scattered biographical material consists of family history documents for the Smith and Putnam families, a Jenkes family tree, and passports for Joseph Lindon Smith and his family.

Over three linear feet of letters are from family members, artists including Cecilia Beaux, Frank Benson, George DeForest Brush, and Denman Ross, museum staff concerned with work in Egypt, and art patrons including Isabella Stewart Gardner, and individuals involved with Smith's charitable pageants. There are scattered letters from Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Henry James, Charles G. Loring, Paul Manship, General John J. Pershing, John Singer Sargent, and Abbott Handerson Thayer. Among the subjects discussed are student life at the Académie Julian, the Smiths' travels, and individuals known by Smith.

Seven diaries written by Joseph Lindon Smith document his ravels in Egypt, Persia, Europe, and New Mexico. Two diaries were written by Corinna Smith during her travels to Beiram and Egypt.

Personal business records business records include contracts, price lists, lists of securities, and miscellaneous receipts of the Smith and Putnam families, Joseph Lindon Smith, Corinna Smith, and their daughter Lois Smith.

Notes include engagement calendars, notebooks, lists of art work, lecture notes, minutes of meetings, notes on family history and on travel, and an autograph by Kit Carson. Writings include miscellaneous typescripts by the Smiths and others concerning travel, work in Egypt and elsewhere, and anecdotes about various friends and acquaintances. There are also three drafts of "Egypt - My Winter Home."

Theatrical production files concern plays, pageants, and masques written and/or produced by the Smiths. Many of the performances were benefits, dedication or anniversary celebrations, such as a pageant given at Fenway Court in honor of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a pageant at the dedication of a memorial to Abbott Handerson Thayer, and the centenary celebration of the founding of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Art work includes a sketchbook with extensive notes, a painting, drawings by Joseph Lindon Smith, and prints by other artists.

A scrapbook contains clippings and an exhibition catalog from the St. Botolph Club. Additional printed material includes clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, programs, booklets, brochures, and books by others.

Photographs are of Smith, his family, friends including classmates from the Académie Julian, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Abbott Handerson Thayer, exhibition installations, military camp sites from World War I, travel scenes, and art work by Smith.

Audio recordings consist of four sound disc recordings of interviews for WKNE Radio, Keene, New Hampshire, with Corinna Smith and Barry Faulkner talking about Smith, and a program about Smith and his book Tombs, Temples, and Ancient Art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 11 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1711-1948 (Box 1, 10; 5 folders)

Series 2: Letters, 1768-1965 (Box 1-4, OV 11; 3.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries, 1904-1949 (Box 4; 11 folders)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, 1647-1959 (Box 4, 10; 11 folders)

Series 5: Notes and Writings, 1783-1963 (Box 4-6; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 6: Theatrical Production Files, 1897-1950 (Box 6-7, 10; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Art Works, 1932-1943 (Box 8, 10; 8 folders)

Series 8: Scrapbook, 1888-1901 (Box 8; 1 folder)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1723-1963 (Box 8, OV 11; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, 1884-1956 (Box 8-10; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 11: Audio Recordings, 1956 (Box 9-10; 2 folders)

All material is arranged chronologically except for the writings by others and travel photographs that are arranged alphabetically.
Biographical Note:
Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950) of Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, New Hampshire, was a painter primarily known for his ability to meticulously depict the murals and tomb sculpture of Egypt and other ancient cultures.

Joseph Lindon Smith was born on October 11, 1863 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of wholesale lumberman Henry Francis Smith and Emma Greenleaf Smith, a cousin of John Greenleaf Whittier.

From 1880 to 1882, Smith studied drawing and painting at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts under Frederic Crowninshield and Otto Grundman. Accompanied by his friend, Frank Benson, he attended the Académie Julian and studied under William Bouguereau, Gustave Boulanger, and Jules Lefebvre from 1883 to 1885.

Upon his return to Boston, Smith established a studio as a portrait and landscape painter, attracting the attention of Denman Ross, a professor of History of Fine Arts at Harvard University. In the early 1890s Smith and Ross began to travel extensively and Smith became interested in ancient civilizations of Mexico, China, and Southeast Asia. In 1892, during a trip to Italy, Smith befriended Isabella Stewart Gardner, for whom he copied famous paintings, and occasionally acted as agent in purchasing art work.

Making his first trip to Egypt in 1898, Smith became enthralled with the art work of the ancient civilization and devoted himself to painting copies of the tomb sculptures and murals for educational uses in museums and other public institutions. In 1899, he married Corinna Haven Putnam and the couple spent much of their married life traveling between the United States and the Middle East, especially Egypt. From 1910 to 1939, Smith was a member of the Joint Expedition of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University directed by Dr. George A. Reisner.

For fifty years, Smith was also sought out as a writer and producer of plays and theatrical pageants, fetes, and masques primarily staged for various charitable fund-raising events.

Joseph Lindon Smith died on October 18, 1950 in Dublin, New Hampshire.
Related Material:
The papers of Smith's wife, Corinna Putnam Smith, are available at The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Provenance:
The Joseph Lindon Smith papers were donated by Jessie T. Hale, Smith's granddaughter, in 1977 and 1978.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Joseph Lindon Smith papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Historical drama  Search this
Community theater  Search this
Art, Egyptian  Search this
Art, Ancient  Search this
Art, Egypt  Search this
Painters -- New Hampshire -- Dublin  Search this
Genre/Form:
Notebooks
Photographs
Prints
Interviews
Drafts (documents)
Sound recordings
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.smitjose
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Joseph Lindon Smith papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smitjose
Additional Online Media:

Denman Waldo Ross: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF002524
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_141199

On drawing and painting, by Denman Waldo Ross ..

Author:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Physical description:
vi p., 1 l., 214 p., 1 l. diagrs. (1 fold.) 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1912
Topic:
Design  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
NC703 .R6X
NC703.R6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_19690

A theory of pure design; harmony, balance, rhythm; with illustrations and diagrams, by Denman W. Ross

Author:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Physical description:
vii p., 1 l., 201, [1] p. illus., diagrs. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1907
Topic:
Drawing  Search this
Painting  Search this
Design  Search this
Call number:
NC703 .R7X
NC703.R7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_72226

A theory of pure design; harmony, balance, rhythm, with illustrations and diagrams, by Denman W.Ross ..

Author:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Physical description:
vii p., 1 l., 201 p. illus., diagrs. (part fold.) 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1933
Topic:
Drawing  Search this
Painting  Search this
Design  Search this
Call number:
NC703 .R82X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_79621

Denman Ross and American design theory / Marie Frank

Author:
Frank, Marie Ann  Search this
Subject:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 321 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
20th century
Topic:
Design--Study and teaching (Higher)--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_991641

Scene from a Hotel Window (Hotel Grande Bretagne, Florence, Italy), (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.150.310
Topic:
Cityscape--Italy--Florence  Search this
Cityscape--River--Arno River  Search this
Architecture exterior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781923
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415059

Details of Belt Course, Duomo, Verona, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.150.310
Topic:
Cityscape--Italy--Verona  Search this
Architecture exterior--Religious--Church  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781924
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_415060

Untitled (Landscape), (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art Hanover New Hampshire 03755 Accession Number: P.966.31.30
Date:
1923
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 30661755
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_458124

Portrait of a Young Boy in Sailor's Clothes, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.2
Date:
Ca. 1877
Topic:
Portrait male--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781054
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331794

Portrait of a Woman Wearing Red and Black, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.15
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781055
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331795

Portrait of a Young Man in Suit and Tie, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.17
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Tie  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781056
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331796

Portrait of a Young Man Leaning Head on Arm, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.18
Date:
1932
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781057
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331797

Basil Parker, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Subject:
Parker, Basil  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.19
Date:
1930
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781058
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331798

Allen Parker, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Subject:
Parker, Allen  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.20
Date:
1930
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781059
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331799

Farm Landscape with Mountains, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.21
Topic:
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781060
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331800

Assouan, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.22
Date:
1896
Topic:
Landscape--Egypt--Aswan  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781061
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331801

Flowers, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.23
Date:
1919
Topic:
Object--Flower  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781062
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331802

Portrait of a Young Boy in a Black Shirt, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Subject:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.24
Topic:
Portrait male--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781063
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331803

Portrait of a Young Man, (painting)

Painter:
Ross, Denman Waldo 1853-1935  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Harvard University Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 Accession Number: 1936.109.25
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 20781064
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_331804

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